\ˈfelt \

Definition of felt 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a cloth made of wool and fur often mixed with natural or synthetic fibers through the action of heat, moisture, chemicals, and pressure

b : a firm woven cloth of wool or cotton heavily napped and shrunk

2 : an article made of felt

3 : a material resembling felt: such as

a : a heavy paper of organic or asbestos fibers impregnated with asphalt and used in building construction

b : semirigid pressed fiber insulation used in building


felted; felting; felts

Definition of felt (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to make out of or cover with felt

2 : to cause to adhere and mat together

3 : to make into felt or a similar substance


Definition of felt (Entry 3 of 3)

past tense and past participle of feel

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Other Words from felt


feltlike adjective

Examples of felt in a Sentence


She made her son's costume from scraps of felt.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That’s a big increase: Only one-third felt that way in last year’s surveys. Joseph N. Distefano, Philly.com, "What Philly factory owners are thinking: Tax cuts help, but tariffs and labor scarcity pose challenges," 21 May 2018 However, Jenner's presence was most felt (literally) by Jessica Alba at the Opening Ceremony presentation. Samantha Leal, Marie Claire, "Here's Why Kylie Jenner Is Apologizing to Jessica Alba," 19 Sep. 2015 Brinson last played July 3 against Tampa Bay, a 16-inning affair that re-aggravated an injury the 24-year-old felt days prior. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Marlins center fielder Lewis Brinson diagnosed with hip bone bruise," 13 July 2018 Both at the top of the music industry, the two icons perhaps best understood how the other felt. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "'Whitney' documentary: 5 things you didn't know about Whitney Houston," 4 July 2018 Linda had recounted this happening to her sister, musing whether the cardinal somehow carried the felt-sense of her beloved husband. Philip Chard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A cardinal's song, or a spiritual experience?," 5 July 2018 Most everyone who had been here before felt that the mood was different. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Cannes Lions, the ad industry’s biggest party, might finally be sobering up," 23 June 2018 And the young people in that category, already vulnerable, felt especially rejected, betrayed, and deemed worthless. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "In Focus: ‘Believer’ aims to convert the faithful," 21 June 2018 Spots show up elsewhere, too: on sure-to-be-collectible coasters, matchbooks, swizzle sticks, and even the felts of the gaming tables nearby and on casino chips. Adam Robb, Condé Nast Traveler, "Las Vegas Just Got a Bar Designed by Damien Hirst," 17 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Highlights of the morning will include a sheep shearing demonstration at 10 a.m. Children can make a nesting ball, take home a soap felting kit and try their hand at needle felt. Courant Community, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 15 May 2018 The question of why a writer can make the words on the page come to felt life in one genre but not another — why the gift of expressiveness is extended here while that of appreciation goes there — this question remains unanswerable. Vivian Gornick, New York Times, "James Wood’s New Novel Confronts the Mystery of Other Minds," 14 June 2018 Meek's crew caught 1800 beavers here in 1850 alone, shipping their pelts to Europe to be felted into waterproof hats. Ben Goldfarb, Science | AAAS, "Beaver dams without beavers? Artificial logjams are a popular but controversial restoration tool," 7 June 2018 Another intriguing sustainability initiative comes from womenswear label Eileen Fisher, whose DesignWork project works with artists and makers to felt and stitch used garments into wall hangings, upholstery, pillows, and more. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "All the NYCxDesign 2018 highlights you should know," 30 May 2018 Bynder, a brand management company with offices in Fort Point, has devoted a big area to a pool table felted in the light blue color of the company’s logo. Andy Rosen, BostonGlobe.com, "Not your parents’ office? Now it is: Tech workspaces start to grow up," 5 Apr. 2018 Coming to felt like swimming up from the depths of a murky pond. Lana Hoch, Marie Claire, "I Cheated on My Boyfriend with My Rapist," 2 Feb. 2018 These fun felted wool bunnies are available sitting, lying on their backs, or holding a basket. Alejandra Bennett, Sunset, "10 Easter Decorations with a Touch of Whimsy," 22 Jan. 2018 In a year where every aspect of our culture felt connected in ways that were either hard to understand or felt like a stretch, Browne got to the bottom of it all. Longreads, "Longreads Best of 2017: Sports Writing," 13 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of felt


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for felt


Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German filz felt, Latin pellere to drive, beat

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English Language Learners Definition of felt

: a soft, heavy cloth made by pressing together fibers of wool, cotton, or other materials


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Kids Definition of felt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a soft heavy cloth made by rolling and pressing fibers together


Kids Definition of felt (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense and past participle of feel


Medical Definition of felt 

past and past part of feel

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